Jake Ferguson
Jake Ferguson  TE  Wisconsin | NFL Draft 2022 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Jake Ferguson
Home town
Madison, WI
Player Rating
PositionRank (TE)
FortyYD Time
Rec YDs
Rec TDs

Jake Ferguson TE Wisconsin | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Jake Ferguson TE Wisconsin
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #169 Position Rank: #11 (TE)
40 time: 4.81 seconds
Height: 6-5 Weight: 244
Hands: 9 3/8 Arms: 32 2/8 Span: 77 3/8
Date of Birth: 01/18/1999 Age: 23.10
NFL Combine & Pro-Day Results
Overall Rating: 79.1 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
QB Rating When targeted: 104.2
Short Receiving:
Intermediate Routes:
Deep Threat:
DRAFT PROJECTION: 6th Position rank: #11
College Games: 47 College Snaps: 2637
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (80/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #32 Pos Rank: #6 State Rank: #3
College Combine Results
Dallas Cowboys Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 129 (DAL)
Draft Profile: Bio
At high school, Jake Ferguson was rated a four-star recruit by 247 Sports and ESPN, a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout after finishing his career with 1,795 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, he added 314 total tackles, 29 TFLs, 5 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. He was heavily recruited and opted to join Wisconsin for the 2017 season.

After redshirting the 2017 season Ferguson saw action in all 13 games in 2018 with 2 starts at tight end. He was the Badgers' second-leading receiver with 36 receptions for 456 yards and 4 touchdowns.

During 2019 he started all 14 games at tight end and caught 33 passes for 407 yards with 2 touchdowns and had a QB rating when targetted of 101.2. The following season was shortened due to COVID and Ferguson started all 7 games and collected 30 receptions for 310 yards with 4 touchdowns and had a QB rating when targetted of 120.8. At season's end, he was a John Mackey Award semifinalist and also made the All-Big Ten first team.

In 2021 as a senior Ferguson made 46 receptions with 450 YDs adding 3 TDs and finished the year with a QB rating when targetted of 94.4. As a result, he made the All-Big Ten first team.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Looks to get involved downfield and will block multiple defenders on a single play when he can. Understands his role as a blocker.
  • Gets a quick release off the line. Dips his shoulder and shows some savvy 8 as a route runner to avoid contact with defenders g to get into his route.
  • Good strength and effort to run through arm tackles.
  • Good overall blocking skills and can hold up against linebackers - though can struggle against bigger defensive linemen
  • Decent overall athletic ability with nice height (6-5), wingspan (6'5") and weight (250lbs)
  • Offers a lot of versatility - has played inline, out wide, and even lined up in the backfield
  • Has good hand-eye coordination and body control to turn and adjust to poorly thrown balls.
  • Good vision to set up blocks and while he isn't quick enough to elude in tight quarters, and takes advantage of a defender leaning to spring for additional yardage.
  • Has smooth body control, an outstanding catch radius, reliable hands, and natural ball skills to adjust to off-target throws and make the impressive catch.
  • Runs solid sharp crisp routes and has shown extremely good, soft, natural hands. Consistently makes the clean catch.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • High cut frame and limited power in hands prevent a top blocking grade
  • His athletic overall athletic ability will limit his upside - doesn't have elite strength or speed
  • Gets dominated as a blocker by stronger defenders - sometimes looks like a bulked-up wide receiver
  • Not a mauler needs to get meaner at the line of scrimmage - but will at least be more aggressive in the passing game when fighting for the ball
  • Not a big YAC guy and lacks explosion in the open field
  • Is a bit high-hipped and slow to get rolling. Frame limits upside as a blocker.
  • A glider, moves faster than he appears but lacks the top-end speed to be a real threat down the seam. More of a short and intermediate-range receiver
Scouting Report: Summary
Wisconsin's Jake Ferguson is a solid prospect with a limited upside due to him being neither particularly strong as a blocker nor fast as a receiver. He does however appear to have very good reliable hands, a good overall football IQ along with nice length and the ability to fight for the ball in traffic. He looks like a player who will likely carve out a career for himself as second-string TE who will add a significant contribution as a special teamer. Expect him to be selected in the later rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Share scouting report on Twitter or Facebook

How other scouting services rate Jake Ferguson (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank